Corvallis, OR. -- The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced Tuesday that the Oregon Ducks remain at the No. 6 spot in the latest CFP rankings. Now, Oregon State football may not be in the playoff picture, but the Beavers do have an opportunity to solidify bowl eligibility for the first time since 2013.
The math is simple. OSU (5-5, 4-3) has two games remaining in the regular season. The Beavers need just one win to punch their ticket to the postseason. Washington State is the first team standing in the way of that accomplishment.
One known aspect about WSU is that it can score and score often. The Cougars lead the Pac-12 by scoring an average of 40.3 points per game. Part of that success stems from the passing attack, which is led by quarterback Anthony Gordon, who has thrown for 4,314 yards and maintained a passer rating of 78.8.Gordon threw for 520 yards and five touchdowns against the Stanford Cardinal. He owns the program’s record for TD passes (39) in one season, which puts him ahead of superstars Gardner Minshew II, Luke Falk, Jason Gesser and Ryan Leaf.
The Oregon State offensive players seem to have a good understanding of what’s expected of them this Saturday in the Palouse.
"You know that first drive is always real big for us to kind of get the momentum going and to start the game out fast,” said wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins. “Just to start that drive knowing okay this is how it's going to be the rest of the game, this is our expectation, this is how well we can move the ball so let's keep doing it all game."
"It's no secret that their offense is really good. They put up points against everybody. They throw the ball all over the yard,” said quarterback Jake Luton. “We are definitely going to have to be on our game and be ready to score points."
Kickoff against Washington State will be Saturday night at 6:00 p.m.